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Laconic

(adj.) – brief and to the point; effectively cut short. Jessica is so talkative that her sister thought the situation warranted conciseness, and her being laconic.

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Insipid

(adj.) – lacking taste or flavor. Too much sugar tends to make this otherwise delightful fruit pie insipid.

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Pragmatic

(adj.) – concerned with practical matters. After five years of war, both sides have found pragmatic ways to make peace with one another, as the bloodshed has grown viscous and brutal.

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Iconoclast

(noun) – someone who attacks cherished beliefs or institutions. Irrespective of his actuating motives, his deeds as an iconoclast will be treated harshly and is answerable in court.

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Arduous

(adj.) – difficult to accomplish, hard to endure. James and Mathew are planning to leave for the states next week for their masters, following months of arduous GRE preparation.

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Profligate

(adj.) – recklessly extravagant or wasteful in the use of resources. The senate is particularly perturbed over our profligate use of natural resources such as forest, oil, water, energy, land and minerals.

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Prosaic

(adj.) – not challenging; dull and lacking excitement. The project was full of prosaic ideas, such as using sand and stone to raise natural walls around monuments built in honor of the late president.

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Ameliorate

(v.) – make, become better. Increase in penalties and effective awareness programs would ameliorate the growing pollution levels and there by global warming it may have generated.

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Obsequious

(adj.) – obedient or attentive to an excessive degree. It was evident that the manager was flattering – from his obsequious manner in receiving his boss.

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Capricious

(adj.) – given to sudden behavior change. The recent recession is yet another example of how making rules without forethought and acting without taking the arbitrary and capricious effects these changes in policies have on our economy.

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Fortuitous

(adj.) – happening by accident or chance. The alignment timing proved to be scientifically fortuitous for planetary astronomers, who already have a orbital satellite stationed around the moon.

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Orthodox

(adj.) – Conforming to all the traditional beliefs, and religious practices. Alice describes her childhood in a conservative Orthodox community in Iraq, keeping to traditional religious beliefs.

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Alacrity

(noun) – lively and cheerful readiness. After marriage, Jenny rushed off with excitement to visit her parents, but her father did not accept their marriage with equal alacrity.

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Pellucid

(adj.) – translucently clear. The river water was so pellucid that Mary could see clearly that it swarmed with countless small fishes and loaves.

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Corroborate

(v.) – confirm or give support to. The police officials said, allegations of misconduct by the officer have been corroborated by video from closed circuit cameras.

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Magnanimous

(adj.) – very generous or forgiving. Jaqueline’s magnanimous generosity and limitless loyalty towards her nation and its people is heart touching and is appreciated beyond words.

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Scrupulous

(adj.) – diligent, thorough, and extremely careful. The health inspector during his usual visit found pests in the restaurant’s kitchen and hence ordered the owner to observe scrupulous hygiene to stop spreading illness or would issue a immediate closure notice.

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Prolific

(adj.) – fruitful, present in large number. Ryan is furiously prolific, releasing albums on Maple, Mr. Siebel’s label, as well as his own metallic label, Metalloid.

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Dogmatic

(adj.) – dictatorial, opinionated. Most Americans have less dogmatic, more open-ended views and would ignore such a request but Mr. John didn’t hesitate and removed his coat immediately.

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Placate

(v.) – make (someone) less angry or hostile. Sam has to double stock divided last quarter and started working at an unsustainable pace in order to placate the company investors and shareholders.

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Mercurial

(adj.) – subject to sudden or unpredictable changes of mood, temperamental. The mercurial senator, who retained office for more than 25 years, has frequently gone back and forth on his resignation.

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Exacerbate

(v.) – infuriate, make worse. Hummingbird declines have been connected to a lack of appropriate habitat so increasing the number of Washington’s hives could exacerbate the issue.

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Redundant

(adj.) – redundant, superfluous. At first, taking a standardized test may seem redundant to existing skill metrics such as GPA, certifications, but the GRE is necessary for the college admissions to sort applicants.

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Hackneyed

(adj.) – unoriginal and trite. Girls dreaming their way to a wonderland to marry a prince and live happily ever after was already a hackneyed notion by the time Alice in the Wonderland was written.

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Prudent

(adj.) – acting with or showing care and thought. When the food manufacturer discovered toxins in a product sample case of one of its containers, it made a prudent decision to destroy all the boxes from the shipment.

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Belie

(v.) – disguise or contradict. Joe’s cheerful tone belies the grim nature of life in the Indian Countryside and her desperate desire to escape those suffocating circumstances.

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Esoteric

(adj.) – mysterious, obscure. A couple of months ago, Mr. Niobe submitted a thesis with his analysis and computations — a fairly esoteric mathematical dissent about how best to gather rational generalizations on the origin of the universe theory.

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Cacophony

(noun) – a harsh, discordant mixture of sounds. The cacophony surrounding the multi-billion dollar buyout of leading messaging service by a social networking company shook the whole tech industry.

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Impetuous

(adj.) – acting or done quickly and without thought or care. Michael is methodical, barely the impetuous kind, and he has had ample time to come to a consolidated opinion of the university he wishes to apply for.

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Idiosyncrasy

(noun) – a way of thought peculiar to an individual. Modern technologies are a lot more expensive than their existing alternatives and each has its own idiosyncrasies that be conquered.